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Florida Maple Acer barbatum (Acer saccharum var. floridanum)


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Alternate name: Southern Sugar Maple, Hammock Maple

Family: Aceraceae, Maple view all from this family

Description Medium to large deciduous tree. Crown dense, elliptical. Bark light gray with thick irregular curling ridges; bark becomes plated with age. Twigs slender, shiny, reddish brown. Terminal buds sharply pointed, brown and pubescent. Leaves opposite, simple, palmately lobed and veined, 3–9.5 cm. long and 3.5–11 cm. broad, with an entire margin and three or five somewhat rounded lobes, and a 2–8 cm. long petiole. Leaves green above, paler and pubescent below. In fall they turn orange and yellow. Flowers regular, appearing on yellow-green corymbs, small, in clusters. Fruit brown, paired samara 1.5–3 cm. long.

Dimensions Height: 18 m. (60 ft.)
Diameter: 0.6 m. (2 ft.).

Habitat Canyons & valleys.

Range Texas, Plains, Southeast, Florida, Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic.

Discussion Used in Southern United States as a shade tree due to its round crown and its great resistance to heat. Several species of birds and especially squirrels use tree as a nesting site and also consume its seeds.